LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – Dr. Mark Dougherty of Baptist Well being Lexington has noticed unvaccinated lecturers, custodians and bus drivers passing thru his doorways for the reason that get started of the instructional yr.
“The item that issues me is that that is only the start of the college yr,” Dr. Dougherty mentioned.
Dr. Dougherty famous that the virus is more and more being unfold by means of scholars.
“We’d like so that you could stay faculties open. We will be able to’t have youngsters being the #1 driving force of the pandemic now,” Dr. Dougherty mentioned.
This comes because the state legislature has made covering in faculties not obligatory.
“I believe that’s frankly silly, it’s now not not unusual sense,” Dr. Dougherty mentioned.
The transmission thru faculties is having a ripple impact.
“We have now healthcare suppliers whose youngsters have got in poor health at school and now they’re in quarantine, because of this that we’ve got fewer healthcare suppliers to handle all of our in poor health COVID and non-COVID sufferers,” Dr. Dougherty mentioned.
Dr. Dougherty referred to as operating in faculties a “top chance” career, in all probability much more so than operating in healthcare.
He doesn’t consider the height of this surge has been reached, so he mentioned it’s crucial that districts come to a decision to masks up.
“I believe if we don’t have college districts going thru with their very own masks mandates, we’re going to be in larger and larger hassle,” Dr. Dougherty mentioned.
He mentioned lecturers and college must all get vaccinated.
“We all know in the event you haven’t had the vaccine and haven’t had COVID, you might have an excessively top likelihood of having delta COVID in the following few weeks,” Dr. Dougherty mentioned.
Dr. Dougherty mentioned that Baptist Well being had 110 COVID sufferers final week. On July 4, they’d simply 3.
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